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DoJ proposes banning bump stocks, like those Vegas shooter had

DoJ proposes banning bump stocks, like those Vegas shooter had

The U.S. Department of Justice proposed a regulation banning bump stock devices on firearms in a news release Saturday.

The NRA supported more regulations on bump stocks but has not endorsed Trump's ban and said previously it was awaiting the publication of the regulation before rendering judgment.

Authorities say a bump stock was used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas a year ago that killed 58 people and injured hundreds.

Trump directed the Justice Department to make the regulatory change in February in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Students who survived the attack are organizing a massive march on Washington in two weeks to demand stricter curbs on guns.

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In a notice submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, the DOJ recommended the definition of "machine gun" in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act be expanded to include bump stock type devices. The shooter placed bump stocks on several of the rifles he used in the attack, though it is not clear how numerous more than 1,000 rounds he fired came from those guns. Bump stocks are gunstocks created to make bump firing easier-that is, they allow the gunman to use the gun's recoil to press the trigger faster than a human finger can, simulating the rapid-succession fire of an automatic weapon.

The Justice Department officially submitted a notice of a proposed regulation with the Office of Management and Budget Saturday concerning bump stocks, accessories attached to semi-automatic weapons that enable them to mimic the functionality of automatic firearms. As a result, the Justice Department's regulation would classify the device as a machine gun, which is prohibited under federal law. Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people in that incident, did not use a bump stock, though his case has sparked a nationwide push for a variety of gun-control measures.

Because of the department's continued insistence that it cannot regulate bump stocks, the ATF's current reversal declaring the devices illegal could pave the way for manufacturers to challenge the new ruling in court, CBS News noted.

Trump had indicated two days ago that the paperwork for a ban on bump stocks was almost done. Some ATF officials believe the administration lacks the authority to ban the devices.